I’m tired of hating people

After this week’s events this video about peace from the son of a terrorist is a good reminder that hate can be broken. When Zak Ebrahim revealed to his mom that he would not follow in his father’s footsteps, her reply gave Ebrahim the confidence he could change his own trajectory. She said: “I’m tired of hating people.”

Saturday sight: Words vs pictures

I’ve been wanting to go back to this stream for a while. Found just off Avoca and St. Clair Avenue in Toronto, it’s especially beautiful near the water after a snowfall because the banks make it challenging for people to get down to it. A couple dogs made it down effortless though across the water shortly after ...

What about our oil addiction?

Imagine if you could tell an alcoholic or a drug addict, “just stop using” and she would. Not likely, but we sort of expect it with consumer energy use and corporate interests. We value living in a society that allows for traveling, moving around cities, having cheap stuff and just doing lots and lots of ...

Twitter Canada + coding at #digitaledu

On Nov. 26, 2014, the Foundations and Advanced classes in the UofTSCS Certificate in Digital Strategy & Communications Management welcomed three guest speakers: Brad Furtney and Natasha Polivka of Twitter Canada to talk Twitter Linn Øyen Farley to teach us some code Below are a couple slideshows of the highlights. [View the story “Coding @ #digitaledu” on ...

Sunday sight: Merry moose

A family gift from a few years back that gained momentum has meant people regularly send me moose. The most recent were a couple friends sending me pictures of a chocolate moose cake and of a threesome of real moose in a back yard. Sadly, here in Toronto we’re unlikely to see real moose because we’re too far ...

Letter to Senators on Bill C-279

This letter is in response to the ongoing debate on Bill C-279, a bill being held up in the Senate. Dear Senator: I am writing you in regards to Bill C-279 An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity). I am a heterosexual, educated woman who has had ...

A pledge to gather

At today’s Remembrance Ceremony in Ottawa, listening to when King George VI dedicated the war memorial in1939, we were reminded that its purpose was to be a place to gather. A place with which a pledge was made to gather in communities at similar memorials across Canada to remember at the 11th hour on November ...

Rushing to the label

A friend recently reminded me that nothing is black and white. I was thinking about that this morning when a lady beside me said it two or three times in a coffee shop conversation about some news story. Black and white thinking is what helps us to label people, organizations and pretty much anything. A ...

Community + love in Google Books Ngram Viewer

Yesterday I was searching for the meaning in the Van Morrison song Into the Mystic – an artist who has captured my attention the way that Leonard Cohen and Francis Cabrel have. Mystic is such a mysterious word. In the search came up a graph of the word “mystic” in a Google Books product called ...

Overwhelmed? Try hyperthinking

The older I get, the more I see how things we’re taught are often not true. Maybe someone wanted them to be true and as a collective we “agreed.” Like how perfection (or at least the perception of perfection) should lead to happiness. This week Amy Poehler is an example of someone I found who ...